Deaflympic Games - January 2005

Melbourne 2005 20th Deaflympic Games were a huge success!

Melbourne 2005 20th Deaflympic Games will stage a world class sporting and social event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes and friends from around the world.

In organising this event, the organising committee and their partner, Deaf Sports Australia, will raise awareness of deaf related issues throughout the wider community and strive to ensure that a legacy program for future Deaflympians is achieved.

From January 5th to the 16th 2005 the streets of Melbourne, Australia, will come alive with elite athletes and their supporters from over 90 countries around the globe who will be competing and participating at the 20th Summer Deaflympic Games.

The Deaflympic Games, under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, is the second oldest multi sport and cultural festival on earth with a long and proud history since the Inaugural Games in Paris in 1924.

A major coup for Australia, the 2005 Games will mark the second time this event has been staged in the Southern Hemisphere.

Commencing with the twilight opening ceremony on the evening of January 5th, at Olympic Park, the spectacular arrival and lighting of the Official Deaflympic torch will set the scene for 12 days of elite sports and cultural events.

Over 3,500 athletes and team officials are expected to attend and participate in 15 individual and team sporting events to be held in and around Melbourne City and the nearby historic city of Ballarat.



Olympic Park situated on the Yarra River, is only a 10 minutes walk from the heart of Melbourne and is also easily accessible via tram, train, car and water boat!

The Stadium can accommodate up to 18,500 spectators and features an accredited FIFA soccer pitch, athletics track and a range of hospitality facilities.

Olympic Park plays host to some of Australia's premier sport and entertainment events, including athletics and Rugby League at local, national and international levels. It was also home to the soccer for 1956 Olympic Games held in Melbourne.


Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) is an international sporting venue, and is one of the only integrated sports and leisure complex of its type in Australia. The venue will host up to eight sports during the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics Games, allowing competitors and visitors to get a taste of some of the other sports being contested without having to travel too far.

Facilities: 3 swimming pools including a 75 metre pool spaced with bulkhead allowing pool configurations, 25 metre warm down pool, and trampolines, 12 international badminton courts plus a tournament court with 2,000 seats, 8 basketball courts plus a tournament court with 2,000 seats, multi-court volleyball stadium providing 25 courts (international standard), and 25 tournament table-tennis tables.

The centre also includes a multitude of other facilities, including a fully equipped gymnasium, sport medicine clinic, a first aid room, sauna, spa, cafe/bistro and various sports shops.

Target Rifle Victoria

The Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC) is located just fifteen minutes from the Central Business District. MISC is the competition and training venue for many of Australia's international shooters. It is a private club catering to pistol and rifle shooting. It is owned and operated by its members.

The venue consists of a clubhouse with kiosk and various shooting ranges of ten, twenty-five and fifty metres. The range has twenty-seven Rika returning target machines and two running target stations. The twenty five-metre range has four firing points or three rapid-fire pairs. The fifty-metre range has fifty firing points with an additional enclosed large range with ten firing points (5 bull paper targets).

Boroondara Tennis Centre

The Boroondara Tennis Centre has 23 floodlit tennis courts, with Synthetic grass, Plexipave Hardcourt and Rebound Ace surfaces available. The Centre also has a Club House and change rooms, Racquet Sports shop, Kiosk, powered Gazebos and BBQ facilities.

The Boroondara Tennis Centre hosts many tournaments throughout the year for both open and junior competitors.

The Boroondara Tennis Centre is located just a 15 minutes drive from city.


The State Soccer Centre is located at John Cain Reserve, Darebin Street, Northcote. It is about 15 minutes drive from city. It has six international standard soccer pitches (one synthetic) and spectator seating for 400.

AMF - Tenpin Bowling Federation

Sunshine AMF Bowling Centre is situated approx 15 km from the centre of Melbourne. The bowling centre has 30 HPL lanes with wooden approaches. 82/70 pinspotters with computer score scoring system. The concourse is large and have a cafe which serves everything from snacks to meals also a licensed bar service.

ST KILDA BEACH (Beach Volleyball)
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St Kilda Beach is just 10 minutes from the city via the Light Rail network and its permanent on-beach courts will host the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics Beach Volleyball events.

The beach at St Kilda is a delightful cosmopolitan waterfront playground that comes to life during the warmer months. St Kilda beach is regularly used for state and international beach volleyball championships.

Opening Ceromony

The Melbourne 2005 Deaflympic Games will commence with the gala twilight opening ceremony on the evening of January 5th, at Olympic Park where the spectacular arrival and lighting of the Official Deaflympic torch and flag of the Official Olympic Rings will set the scene for 12-days of elite sports.

On Sunday January 16th, a farewell celebration will take place at Olympic Park where Australia will bid good-bye to all the wonderful memories of the past 12 days.

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